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Course overview

Your pathway to Uni or work

 

Accredited agricultural training and practical, work integrated learning opportunities combined with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). This provides a solid foundation for our graduates in terms of employment and education opportunities with flexibility and diversity in career pathways.

 

The Access Ag program offers a senior high school curriculum, fully integrated with accredited agricultural training and work integrated learning opportunities, providing pathways for an exciting career in agriculture or the wider agribusiness supply chain.

 

Students benefit from the integration of practical, real world experience with traditional high school subjects such as English and Mathematics, to achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

 

This information is relevant to the Access Ag program commencing 2018. Please contact us for information regarding the Access Ag program in 2019.

 

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

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Vocational qualifications in agriculture

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CQUniversity Start Uni Now (SUN) units

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Work integrated learning

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Co-curricular training and activities

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Boarding options

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YOUR SUCCESS!

 

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered at the following QATC locations:

  • Emerald Agricultural College (full time on-campus) with some training also taking place at other QATC locations including Longreach Pastoral College, and industry-scale QATC properties 'Berrigurra' and 'Rosebank'.

 

 

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

QATC Access Ag Curriculum Overview 

Complete your senior schooling and achieve your QCE alongside accredited agricultural training and work integrated learning opportunities, getting you job-ready sooner and building a solid foundation for further education and career development.

Year 11 and 12 Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

QATC Access Ag students are supported and supervised as they work towards attaining their
QCE, studying core subjects – Math and English – and the Agricultural Practices subject via the Capricornia School of Distance Education.

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Vocational qualifications in Agriculture

The QATC Access Ag program incorporates two foundation agricultural certificate qualifications into the curriculum.

  • AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture
  • AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture

Students studying through the QATC Access Ag program apply their school learning in a practical environment, becoming work-ready sooner and placing them in a position to move onto further vocational or tertiary studies upon completion.

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CQUniversity Start Uni Now (SUN) units

Start Uni Now (SUN) is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 11 and 12 to study subsidised CQUniversity units while still in high school. Our partnership with CQUniversity means that two SUN units are automatically integrated into the QATC Access Ag curriculum - one unit each year - providing credit recognition in the CQUniversity CV85 Bachelor of Agriculture.

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Work integrated learning

Students undertaking the QATC Access Ag program have the benefit of work integrated learning during each year of study which takes place on the Colleges’ working agricultural enterprises and with leading industry partners. Practical, work integrated learning gives students the opportunity to apply their skills across a variety of real world situations, improve their workplace communication skills, and make a great impression on potential future employers. 

Enriching student minds beyond the curriculum

Students can also take advantage of QATC’s extra co-curricular training opportunities including short courses, workshops and seminars*, and benefit from a range of co-curricular training and activities, including:

  • Public speaking
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Resume writing & Interview skills
  • Financial management

* Additional cost may be involved to undertake extra-curricular training.

Course fees

The vocational education and training (VET) fee component is subsidised, subject to student eligibility for relevant Government funding.

Annual fees including tuition, resources, and board are as follows:

YEAR 11  FFS Student Full Board Entitled Student Full Board  Entitled Student Weekday Boarder only YEAR 12  FFS Student Full Board  Entitled Student Full Board  Entitled Student Weekday Boarder only
 Co-contribution  $4,370 N/A N/A  Co-contribution  $4,730 N/A N/A
 Co-curricular  activities program  $6,409  $6,409  $6,009  Co-curricular  activities program  $6,409  $6,409  $6,409
 First Aid  $125  $125  $125   First Aid  $65  $65  $65
 Board (inc Meals & Laundry)  $13,741  $13,741  $9,815  Board (inc Meals & Laundry)  $13,741 $13,741  $13,741
 TOTAL  $24,630 $20,260 $15,934   TOTAL  $24,945  $20,215 $15,889

Co-curricular activities levy covers two (2) college shirts and costs associated with co-curricular  activities 

First Aid training in first year (CPR refresher only in second year at $65.00)

Day students will still require board for 36 nights per year, to cover multi-day training workshops and school camps at Longreach Pastoral College and other properties including ‘Berrigurra’ and ‘Rosebank’.

Training is funded by the Queensland Government under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.  Students should consult our fees policy on the QATC Fees and Funding page or Queensland Skills Gateway for information about eligibility requirements http://www.skillsgateway.training.qld.gov.au/

CAREERS

The AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture qualification, completed in Year 12, provides a general vocational outcome in agriculture, and builds on the AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture completed in Year 11.

Industry expects individuals with this qualification to perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include:

  • Farm or station hand
  • Farm or station worker

With further study through the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture program, QATC graduates can open up a diverse range of career opportunities in the agriculture and wider agribusiness sectors.

Potential career outcomes include:

  • Agribusiness support sectors such as banking, marketing, consultancy, and logistics
  • Agritech
  • Agronomy
  • Cropping
  • Government policy development
  • Land management
  • Production enterprise
  • Livestock management
  • Industry analysis

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Completion of Year 10

UNITS OF STUDY

Participate in work health and safety processes

AHCWHS201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and report hazards in the workplace. It also describes the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace safety procedures and directions.

This unit is applicable to supervised workers who are required to follow work health and safety policies and procedures.

All work must be carried out in accordance with enterprise procedures, recommended safe practices and the relevant legislation.

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They identify and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State and Territory OHS legislative requirements.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Work effectively in the industry

AHCWRK204

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to work effectively on an individual basis and with others as well as within a hierarchy of management.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit underpin a broad range of activities applicable to a variety of job roles throughout industries at various levels.

The unit applies to individuals who work at various levels and should be contextualised to accommodate the responsibility of the individual.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

 

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

AHCWRK209

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace procedures and instructions and to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material

AHCBIO201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to inspect and clean machinery of material that may contribute to the spread of weeds, pests or diseases. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Install, maintain and repair farm fencing

AHCINF202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to install, maintain and repair farm fencing.

All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety legislation and codes, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Operate two wheel motorbikes

AHCMOM201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain and operate two wheel motor bikes.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

Appropriate licenses for the operation of a two wheel motorbike are obtained where required.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Monitor water supplies

AHCLSK209

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor the supply of potable water for livestock from water storages and sources. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Care for health and welfare of livestock

AHCLSK202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to care for the health and welfare of livestock. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Carry out regular livestock observation

AHCLSK204

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out regular livestock observation. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Identify and mark livestock

AHCLSK206

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out the identification and marking of livestock.

 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety, animal welfare and biosecurity legislation and codes of practice and sustainability practices.

 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They identify and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

 

Source: training.gov.au accessed 29/11/2017

Operate quad bikes

AHCMOM212

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain quad bikes as well as load and unload them onto trailers or other vehicles used for their transport.

 

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer’s specifications and operator manuals and sustainability practices.

 

Working with quad bikes is an inherently dangerous activity. Individuals who work at this level must be thoroughly instructed in all work health and safety aspects of operating quad bikes.

 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for own work. They undertake defined activities and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Load and unload livestock

AHCLSK207

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to load and unload animals for transport. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

 

Operate tractors

AHCMOM202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate tractors with and without attached equipment.

Working with tractors is an inherently dangerous activity. Individuals who work at this level must be thoroughly instructed in all work health and safety aspects of operating tractors. The tractor must also comply with relevant Australian standards for tractors.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for own work. They undertake defined activities and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work

AHCLSK218

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to handle and ride calm horses educated to muster and move livestock. It addresses the potential risks associated with working with and around horses and livestock.

The unit applies to individuals who have experience in riding horses assessed as calm, consistent and obedient. They work under general supervision, with some accountability for their own work, identifying and providing solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Check and treat horses

ACMHBR201

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out routine checks on horses, provide treatments under direction and assist with veterinary procedures when required. (Source: training.gov.au as at July 2018)

Handle horses safely

ACMEQU202

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, safely catch, control and handle calm, consistent and obedient horses educated for the relevant activity. It covers knowledge of potential risks working with and around horses and following industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other workers and the horse.

The unit applies to individuals who have no experience, limited experience or no recent experience working in the relevant horse industry sector. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision and have limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include stables, paddocks, yards, tracks, exercise arenas and public areas.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in the AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations - based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU205

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop basic knowledge of horse behaviour, read horse body language and minimise risk to self and others when interacting with horses.

The unit applies to individuals who are new or inexperienced in handling, working with and/or riding horses. Individuals at this level work under supervision.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations-based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot, and canter

ACMEQU206

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to control a horse under saddle that is suitably educated for a beginner rider. It focuses on walking, trotting and cantering calm, obedient and consistent horses that are suitable for the level of rider experience, during controlled, supervised horse riding activities.

It covers knowledge of potential risks when working with and around horses, and the application of industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other participants and horses.

The unit applies to individuals who have limited or no horse riding experience, and who are developing skills needed to ride horses for work tasks. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision with limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include exercise yards and fenced horse riding areas or arenas.

 

Update December 2017:  This unit has been included as compulsory prerequisites to undertaking horse units in AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations-based programs at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2018, in response to the Skills Impact endorsing updated units of competency, skill sets and qualification to be reflected in the current ASQA training packages.  More information can be found at www.training.gov.au

 

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

Achieve your QCE alongside accredited agricultural training and work integrated learning opportunities, getting you job-ready sooner and building a solid foundation for further education and career development.

  • On Campus
  • Full time
  • 2 years
  • 29 January 2019 - 27 November 2019
  • 18 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: Please refer to the Course and Fee Structure tab